A Chadron man will get a shot at a bighorn sheep this year, and two more hunters will get chances to hunt bighorns in 2018.
Frank Nemeth of Chadron won this year's only bighorn permit from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, beating out 2,753 other applicants in a statewide lottery. Commissioners also approved a bighorn season for next year during a meeting in North Platte on Thursday.
Two permits will be available in 2018: one through a lottery open only to Nebraska residents, the other by auction.
This year's bighorn season runs from Nov. 28 to Dec. 22.
State wildlife officials began re-introducing bighorns to Nebraska in 1981. The state now has about 300 sheep in five herds — three in the northern Panhandle's Pine Ridge and two in the Wildcat Hills to the south.
Since authorized hunting of bighorns began, all 21 hunters who obtained permits have harvested mature rams.